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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,407 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,407
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 216
Gots: 574 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of erz316
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

botled on Aug 10 2009, poured form 12floz bottle into maudite snifter.

A - this is an incredible looking stout, I can find no flaw. just be sure to pour very gently, it makes a lot of foam. right now I have a full 3 fingers. the body is pitch black, no light getting in anywhere anyhow. the head is made of tiny bubbles, that retain insanely well. the top of the head is this glossed over, smooth creamy foam, and in the center are the bigger bubbles--kind of the same way a pancake cooks on a griddle. A perfect looking stout? Well, it meets all my criteria, and it looks good, so I'd say yes! let me reiterate how well that head retains: several minutes into the review, it is still just as high. finally, 16 minutes into the review the head has come down.

S - this actually smells a bit more hoppy than malty, huh. there are definitely malts there, just the floral freshness of the hops take priority on the senses. but the malts arent all that noticeable, save a slightly earthy chocolate-ness. I'm a bit dissapointed here.

T - not bad. not a knock out either. the initial taste is primarily malty, real big on the roasted malts. a tad sweet, but nothing too much. there is a certain mustiness, maybe it is the yeast. the hops are still quite noticeable, not just their bitterness, however. this is not much to my liking, but hey, its not my brewery. the finish has a distinctive anise and alcohol flavour, and the persistent hoppy-ness. the aftertaste is much more like a stout: bitter, slightly sweet, roasted. this brew isnt much of an ris, its far too hoppy and is more of a simple bitterness than anything else. it tastes pretty good, but not especially great. with all them hops, it sure was easy to mask the alcohol.

MF&D - a good heavy body with medium intense carbonation. the body feels pretty good, but the drinkability will suffer along with the taste

erz316, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Lolli1315
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This is one of the finer looking Russian Imperial Stouts that I have seen. Beautiful light chocolate brown head that holds for quite some time. Plenty of lacing as well, nice and sticky. This is the type of beer that would make your mouth water if you saw someone else drinking it at the bar.

S- Coffee is very prevalent in this beer. followed by some dark chocolate notes. Seem to be getting a milk smell as well, although I feel that it is separate smell if that makes any sense. A little alcohol is present but not overpowering.

T- The dark chocolate comes out a lot more than it does in the smell and followed closely by roasted coffee. Also begins with a large presence of roasted malts but that is quickly pushed away with a fairly large bitterness and hop flavor. Probably one of the more bitter Russian Imperial Stouts that I have tasted.

M- Nice full bodied mouthfeel that is great in a stout. Molds fairly well with the beer.

D- I do really like this beer, but it certainly is a sipper. Do not know if I would like to open up another one of these after I finish.

Notes: Will certainly purchase this beer again and I suggest that anyone who loves stouts to try it as well.

Lolli1315, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Been holding to this for quite a while. I almost don't want to open it but I still got a bottle of oak-aged Yeti aging away.

Pours a dark black color with a two-finger brown head into my fluted glass. Nice presentation.

Taste is rich and creamy and full of chocolate, mild roasted coffee and dark fruit. No harshness or anything.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cream, coffee and chocolate. Not harsh at all. Very easy-going in the mouth. Dare I say, smooth.

Wow a very nice example of the style that lives up to the hype. Definitely worth what I paid for it nearly 2 years ago. Perfect for this cold fall night.

Brad007, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, viscous black with a deep tan, frothy head. No light passing through.

Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, alcohol, and milky caramel. Bitter, roasty entry, consisting of coffee and dark chocolate, leading into a slightly sweet chocolate and caramel middle, before finishing bitter and lightly dry. Earthy, dried leaf hop bitterness on the finish that lingers alongside bitter dark chocolate for a long while, with pine hop flavors showing up as the beer warms.

Thick and viscous on the palate, oily and mouthcoating. A pleasure to drink.

wnh, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of spartan2k
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Yeti out of a bomber. Have an OA version in waiting, but figured it would be best to start with the original.

When reading about the "legend" of the Yeti on the bottle, can't help but thinking...
Scientists have proven that the Sasquatch, he is real.
Take a look at the plaster cast of his foot, now you know he's real.
Listen real close to the audio tape, not human no you know he's real.
Couldn't be a man in gorilla suit, no way.
No, you know he's real.
Real, real, real real, real, real, really real, real.

On to the beer...

Pours black. Thick, viscous, black. Head forms after pouring, looks like a delicious brew.

First taste was relatively unimpressive. Beer was in the fridge, so I assume that the cold is masking the flavors. As the beer warms, the experience is much more pleasant. More than anything else, the hop presence (especially at the end and in the aftertaste) is what is really surprising. Not necessarily bad, just unexpected. Almost reminds me of a barleywine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but there is a hop bitterness at the end that makes the beer really interesting.

Overall, a nice BIS. The hop presence grows on me as I drink the beer, but doesn't seem to match the creamy-ness of the beer. Excited to move on and taste the variations.

spartan2k, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is obviously an older bottle, as it has the old colorful mountain logo instead of the new drab brown one. Served in my Red Hook pint class.

A - Three fingers of late-rising dark mocha-brown foam that dissipates very, very slowly. Glass-coating lacing. Black. No light gets through this bad boy. Looks kind of evil actually...

S - Roasted malts, rum-soaked dark fruits, brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate. Big smell, and superbly hidden alcohol. This bottle seems to be older, as the hoppiness is quite subdued, with only light floral notes peaking through.

T - Taste has a little more roasty bitterness and a touch of coffee. There's significantly less of the dark fruit sweetness. The finish is mostly burnt sugar and leaves an aftertaste that I don't care for all that much. Again, a touch of floral hoppiness peaks out just before the finish. A solid but somewhat unsophisticated RIS.

M - Very soft texture, big body that supports the ABV well. Lower carbonation and tons of residual stickiness. It's pretty much everything an RIS should have.

D - I'd be afraid to drink a bomber of this by myself - thankfully my wife is helping me tonight. The taste is good, but not complex enough to warrant consuming 22oz. Alcohol is well hidden, and only a slight warming hints to the mounting intoxication. The thick body makes it slow going, but thankfully it goes down smooth and easy.

MasterSki, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a thick 3+ finger dark tan colored head. Color is almost pure black. Head lasts forever. Thick lacing.

S. Roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, toffee, hops.

T. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, roastiness, booze, sweetness, faint bitterness, dark fruit.

M. Full bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Fairly thick. Lingering sweetness with a boozey aftertaste.

D. Very smooth and easy drinking imperial stout. Smoother than other imperials. Delicous.

siradmiralnelson, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been in the cellar for awhile. Bottle date is 2/20/08.

Oily black with a thick muddy brown head. Great retention leaves a lace storm splattered within my glass. Sweet.

Sugary chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar with a dark fruit raisin and plum and hints of dark espresso, and licorice. Dude.

Lives up to the aroma. Dark fruity fig complemented by a thin alcoholic warmth wrapped in a bundle of chocolate-caramel-brown sugar-mocha-awesomeness. Sweet!

Body is way too thin for such a huge beer although the mouthfeel is pleasantly silky. I'd wager there's some oatmeal involved here somewhere. Dude!

I split the bottle with a friend and that was still more than enough for me. This beer is so aggressive you need a nap afterwards.

donkeyrunner, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack or so at Dirk's fillet and vine in Montgomery Alabama on a paid trip to the south.

12oz bottle with the new label of brown and tan with the Yeti on the front.

A- Super dark coffee appearance with little to no lace or head. Even looks like black silk.

S- Coffee, dark sugar, malt, cherry, leather and roasted nuts.

M- heavy and thick with a creamy silk body.

T- Tastes of home made licorice, chocolate covered espresso beans and malted alcohol.

D- A liitle to hot for the 9.5% represents. Many 10.5%ers can pull off more drinkability because of their sweetness. This is a very dry stout which makes it not as smooth on the pallet as a sweeter less intrusive beer.

Great sample of a dry russian imperial stout.

macktbone, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep black color with a thick creamy coffee colored foam head that leaves scattered patches of lace.

S- Roasted malt and brown sugar are easiest to detect. Some light coffee, chocolate, and caramel come through as well.

T- Lots of roasted malt and coffee flavor initially. Alcohol is fairly apparent. Some burnt sugar and smokiness comes through in the finish. There is some definite hop bitterness in this as well.

M- Full bodied with just enough carbonation. Chewy and silky.

D- This is a great brew. Solid flavor and feel with a nice balance. Going to have to try some of the other versions now (espresso, chocolate, and oak aged yeti).

projectflam86, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Russian Imperial Stout. Pours thick and black with a thick dark brown chocolate milk colored head. The frothy head was very interesting, it was thick and would slide down the glass, but it didn't stick to it. The head itself stuck around for most of the session. The smell was good, not quite as strong as I expected. Smells of sweet and bitter chocolate with roasted/burned malts, and maybe some coffee, but more like a coffee milk smell. Had an excellent taste. Tasted smooth chocolate and some coffee taste followed by some roasted malts. Fairly sweet followed by a slight taste of alcohol at the end, not very strong though. Mouthfeel was very smooth, creamy and sweet. Pretty drinkable for such a thick beer, I'd certainly like to pick up a bottle and let it age for a bit and break it out later.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the GD Tap Room. Served in a snifter.

A: Midnight black with a generous hot cocoa head. Head retention is very good and nice lace is left behind.

S: Smells like a chocolate pine forest, with the pine winning out. Hop aromas dominate with a heavy pine scent, bakers chocolate is in the back doing its best to break free.

T: Again, the hops dominate. After an initial hit of dark chocolate, espresso and vanilla, bitterness bursts onto the scene with heavy pine and grapefruit flavors. The chocolate rides through the experience if you actively search for it. Finishes dry, with a lingering citrus bitterness.

M: Heavy body feels oily and slick. Carbonation is about right.

D: This was a very fresh sample. A little rough around the edges, but still quite nice. A good candidate for cellaring, and a great example of the style.

Rayek, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally tried the unadulterated version - cask at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a two-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, smooth dark chocolate, and citrus hops with hints of molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark chocolate flavors barely edge out roasted malt flavors up front. Midway through the sip a good amount of light citrus hop flavors pervade that lead into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with soft carbonation. I actually envisioned it being a bit thicker.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I liked this a tad bit less than the oak aged version but more than the chocolate and espresso versions. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature 355ml bottle into a chalice.

A - Poured like oil, settling jet black with a creamy tan head.

S - Heavy maltiness. Dark fruity; grapes /raisins. Also, a hint of ginger.

T - Smokey roasted malts. Rich dark chocolate. There is a clear taste of alcohol on the back of the tongue. Hints of bitter coffee in the finish.

M - Definite heavyweight in the body. Oily and very warming.

D - A rich full bodied imperial stout. Definitely a one-at-a-time kinda drink, the richness is far too intense to drink too many.

PartyBear, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with the Duffman and his lady. Oooh yeah!

A - Poured black with 1 finger of mocha colored head. Dissipated fast, but left nice lacing.

S - Notes of anise, leather, chocolate, light roast coffee, and hops o' pine filled my nose.

T - Leather, anise, dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, bittering hops, and a light piny resin.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, slightly astringent, and very viscous.

D - Great overall. Would enjoy this quaff again if I get my hands on a bottle.

MisterClean, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Wegbier
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YES i have been waiting awhile, this is an Oct 2008
A- This beer tells a dark tale, no light will ever penetrate it. The thick espresso head protects its secrets. The lacing covers the glass so as to let no one peek at this scandalous experience. The head reduces to a light thin covering with a few bubbly mtns.

S- from the instant the is bent off the bottle sweet roasted malts burst out with divine toffee licorice and a hint of alcohol.

t-:) The taste is beastly and in your face; untamed. packed with roast and toast espresso beans that do no give up with a lingering lightly sweet finish, coffee ice cream! Deep in the back is the licorice from the smell. As it warmed it gave up on me leaving only licorice around which is less pleasing.

M- a little course with a silky finish, it is big and full in the mouth with no trace of alc

D- immediately bombs the stomach after very little.

Wegbier, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on Dec 2 2008.

Poured into Darkness Tulip. Pours deep brown, nearly black. Thick one finger brown head produced with excellent retention. Ten minutes later and there is still a thick coat. Very nice lacing, sheets and strings.

The nose is dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee, toasted malts, caramel, vanilla, molasses and a nice hop bitterness (impressive for a 8+ month old beer). It all molds together to make a wonderful smell, something I could easily enjoy smelling all night. The nose changes significantly as it warms, getting more and more powerful. Slight alcohol warming presence, but nothing too terrible.

As soon as it hits your lips, you know it's a winner. I truly believe that even someone who doesn't like big stouts could easily enjoy this. This was the very first Russian Imperial Stout I had, way back last fall early in my beer journey, and although I admittedly like it much more now, I could tell it was a solidly crafted and tasty beer, even with my novice palate. Now, I can pick out chocolate and coffee, vanilla and molasses, caramel and toasted malts, and it's all so wonderful.

The mouthfeel is great. Thick and coats your mouth. The hop bitterness has dropped off a lot, and you don't get the bite or the aftertaste, but I am doing just fine with this smooth and creamy liquid gold that is sliding past my tongue into my stomach.

Alcohol? What alcohol? This is one solidly drinkable brew. I can imagine a few of these would put me on my ass, but that doesn't mean I don't feel like I could drink a few in a sitting. Excellent stuff.

Possibly the best RIS I've had. Of the "Big 3 Common RIS's" up here (Stormking, Old Rasputin and Yeti) this is easily my favorite. Kudos Great Divide, on another excellent brew.

Mistofminn, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of abar22
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass

Pours thick and black leaving a light chocolate colored head. It settled into a solid cap with quality lacing around the glass.
If you stuck this under my nose blind folded I might say this was an IPA/DIPA. Citrus hops are the first thing that hit the nose. As it warms the chocolate and coffee notes come into play. Complex and pleasant to say the least. Excellent in the smell department.
The taste is simply outstanding. Sweet chocolate hits first followed by a tasty coffee bitterness in the body. It finishes up delivering some nice citrus flavor and hop bitterness. Fantastic flavors brought together to make one of the best beers I've ever had.
Carbonation is mild just like it should be. Milky smooth mouthfeel with a great coffee/hoppy aftertaste.
Yeti is delicious but still isn't much more drinkable than any other RIS. Regardless this is an absolute beast of a beer and one of, if not, my favorite brews.

abar22, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Black, blacker than a trojan midnight" with a frothy brown head - good retention. Very aromatic. Thick, musty smell highlighted by rich chocolate malt and hops. Again, dark chocolate is the prominent flavor with syrupy sweet maltiness and a fine dry finish. Roasted flavors are there, but less coffee in the mix than the other Yetis. Thick gooey mouthfeel that goes down smooth with just a little bite.

This is a great beer and it's hard not to rate it higher. But the RIS forest is teeming with beasts and I have to put this one below the other Yetis. Still, gotta love that this one is available in 4-packs of 12 ozs.

GeezLynn, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of turboedtwo
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a thin brown lacing, smells of coffee and malt, tastes like the bottle says, it has a strong roast malt flavor that flows into an alcoholic bite. I don't taste the caramel or toffee notes. mouthfeel is good, pretty light on the tongue and it tingles a bit. i could probably have a couple pints of this before i moved on to something else.

turboedtwo, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec. 2008.

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass

Color is a deep dark brown. Pours a thin tan head. Doesn't have good retention, which I can understand. Leaves some thin lace rings.

Aroma: The aroma is very rich. Big toffee notes that I really like. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, are all represented here. There is also a presence of earthy hops behind all the malt flavor. I am really enjoying the aroma.

Taste: Big roasted malt flavor. Toffee is again dominate upfront. Then the flavor changes to the other flavors represented in the smell. I can definitely taste all the hops they used here. 75 IBUs, not to bad.

Mouthfeel: This is a very syrupy beer. Thick, rich, full bodied, and very sweet. Leaves a slight boozy and roasted malt aftertaste. This is the first part of the beer where it is a tad hot.

Overall, I really am enjoying this beer. I am trying to sip on it as I only have a 12 oz bottle. Very drinkable at the abv it has. I think this is one of the better big stouts I have had lately.

mothman, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap into a tall ale glass.
A-Thick chocolate brown stout with a scant head of tan foam that hung onto the edge of the glass all the way down. Amazingly thick.

S-Roasted coffee, chocolate, fresh baked bread

T-Wow. More like an after dinner drink than a beer. Chocolate (I know I've used it before) with a very slight hint of bitter. My wife who doesn't like "beer" drank half of my glass.

M-Syrupy, thick with just alittle carbonation. If a beer could be called chewy, this is it.

D-Depends upon where you are and the time of year. I will wait to go back for this one until the winter or the restaurant starts serving Irish Stew.

ProfessorCJ, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Opaque. Pours with a brown foamy head then settles. Lacing is fairly sticky.
S) Smoky. Coffee. Light chocolate. Bread.
T) Smoky and mild sweetness at the front. Alcohol in the aftertaste. Smoky and very mellow hop bite.
M) Slight syrupy feel. Chewy. Full bodied. Alcohol effervescence. Slightly dry. A bit chalky.
D) A good stout. I'd have another. True to form.

u2carew, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order; tasted during a horizontal tasting of two American RIS, the other one being the Flying Dog's "Gonzo Imperial Porter" (F). Coming in a 355ml, slim dark brown bottle, BB 08/2008, served cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer.

A: the colour is totally black, while the 3cm-thick dark khaki brown head retains the creamy texture ever so well, leaving tight lacing as it retreats slowly. Carbonation is pretty much a mystery, as I really can't see any in the pitch-black soup...
S: a potent, decent sourness of fat black prunes pairs with the rich roasted malts, well-tuned aromatic citric+flowery American hops and vanilla-ish sweet woods just perfectly. A slightly stinky bitter-sweet, miraculous note as of chocolates, soy-sauce plus blue cheese hides in the background. A good swirl brings out some alcoholic touches and spicy notes. At 9.5%abv., the nose is bolder and slightly more alcoholic than (F), but overall a beautiful balance is retained as is the commendable, understated complexity.
T: marvellous bitter-sweet jammy-dark-fruits + chocolate-fudge + sweet coffee-ish malts prevail upfront, followed by a semi-aggressive flow of bitter hops in the middle, then the spicy aftertaste develops on top of chicory, apricot, and bitter grapefruity aromatic undertone that lingers in the end. The roasty flavour is not so heavy as the oily maltiness, but lingers nicely in the very back of the tongue, then slips down the throat as well...
M&D: full-bodied, superbly soft on the carbonation, and mellow, with all flavours to offer but not OTT on the overall balance. The alc. does catch up, after all, but not in an intrusive manner. As this ale is tasted right after (F), I can't help thinking this is a more potent version of RIS, endowed with a bolder hop profile and more assertive roastiness from the malts. Hops are big and juicy but firmly in the parameter of the malty influence. All in all, this is a fantastic RIS that I'd love to savour just once in several months...

wl0307, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's taken me long enough to get around to this one. I've tried the Oak Aged, Espresso and even the Barrel Aged, but never cracked a bottle of the base beer.

Pours just like the others - pitch black with no light coming through, with a smallish tan head that leaves a heavy ring and a swirl along the top. Lacing is minimal but it shows some legs after each sip.

The aroma is massive, with an initial (surprising) citrus hop kick giving way to the huge roasted malts, dark chocolate and tons of brown sugar and molasses.

The taste is just a bigger, darker version of the nose. The hops are there up front but just get washed away by the waves of dark, burnt malts and bakers chocolate. There are some dark fruits in there and a bit of the molasses, but the toasted character really dominates the taste...and I like it.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and thick on the palate with enough carbonation to keep it from getting syrupy.

Well, I figured I might enjoy this one, given how much I've enjoyed the other iterations, and I was not surprised at all. It's one of the better impy stouts out there and, given it's wide distribution, should be a go-to stout for most folks out there. Big, dark and damn tasty.

gford217, Aug 02, 2009
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,407 ratings.